We run history checks on a large number of vehicles every week and a disturbing new trend has started to emerge in several countries – but particularly in Australia with Elgrands, Estimas, Cubes, GT-R’s, RX-7’s,…
The Japanese chassis code or VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can be found on the manufacturer build plate which is usually located on the left or right side of the firewall of your car once you lift the bonnet.
Unfortunately odometer tampering on imported vehicles is widespread in many countries which do not have official independent checking in place prior to or at the time of import.
Past auction reports and pictures can show details of repair history as well as existing damage. Accident history and airbag deployment may also be recorded by the Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT).
Odometer (km) readings are recorded every time a vehicle is inspected for registration renewal in Japan (3 years from new then every 2 years). This information can be invaluable to both buyers and sellers of Japanese imports.
We have access to auction records covering virtually all cars auctioned in Japan over the last 7 years including auction prices. By obtaining past auction records for your car, it is usually possible to see the actual price when it was sold at auction.
The likely usage area of a vehicle can be determined based on past auction records as well as official registration inspection locations from Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) records.
These details may be included in past auction reports and in Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) records.
Let’s say you’re in Canada or Australia and it seems like you’ve just come across the perfect R34 GTR you’ve been looking for. The dealer tells you he’s just freshly imported it from Japan, it’s a grade 4 and has only 53,000 km on the clock.
Since the unfortunate events following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the Japanese Transport Authority (MLIT) has started to record whether cars have been used in a contaminated region and / or have failed a contamination test.